Southern Water condemned as company pumps raw sewage into sea off Seaford

A Cabinet councillor has condemned Southern Water after a shocking video appeared on Twitter yesterday showing raw sewage being pumped into the sea just yards from busy beaches in Seaford.

The film of the sewage in waters where hundreds of families have been swimming, has been described as a ‘new low’ by Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability at Lewes District Council.

Councillor Bird said: “To see these sewage discharges into our seas, especially at time when many swimmers are taking to the water, is truly shocking and disheartening.

“Discharges are only supposed to take place after storm events and only because our water infrastructure is not fit for purpose.

“Like hundreds of other residents in the district, I swim regularly at Seaford and it is simply wrong that we should have to gamble with our health because of a lack of investment by Southern Water.

“Even by the miserably poor standards that Southern Water are infamous for, this is a new low.” 

Lewes District Council has supported two motions on water quality in the last 18 months.

Councillor Bird added: “Despite continuing to pump raw sewage into the sea and our rivers, we have had little response from Southern Water as to how it intends to clean up its act.

“Following our repeated requests, I understand Southern Water will at long last attend a meeting of the council’s Policy and Performance Advisory Committee in November.

“I also encourage everyone to send their thoughts and feelings on this latest pollution discharge to Southern Water and their MP.”

Southern Water is consulting on its Drainage and Wastewater Management Plans currently till September 5th 2022.

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